So much for Southern California hospitality. Just in time for Norm Chow's return to the Coliseum as Hawaii's head coach, USC Coach Lane Kiffin confirmed Thursday that USC would no longer make the stadium available to visiting teams for walk-throughs the day before games.
"It shouldn't be a big deal," Kiffin said. "We don't go to other people's stadiums."
Schools customarily make their stadiums available to visiting teams for walk-throughs.
Alabama, the defending national champion, allows walk-throughs, a school spokesman confirmed. And UCLA went through a walk-through at Rice Stadium on Wednesday in preparation for Thursday night's opener.
Kiffin says the measure is being taken solely to preserve the field, and he doesn't conduct walk-throughs on his road trips, by the way.
Courtesy has never been a bright spot on Kiffin's resume, and a decision like this only adds to his reputation for classlessness.
As for his reasoning--protection of the field's turf--there is no significant damage that a team can do in a one-hour walk-through that a competent turf manager can't address before kickoff.